Writer Marian Keyes reveals she thought about suicide 40 times a day during depths of depression

Marian Keyes has spoken candidly about her battle with depression, describing her recovery as “coming up from the bottom of the ocean”.

The Irish writer of novels including Watermelon, Sushi For Beginners and Rachel’s Holiday, has said she faced suicidal urges up to 40 times a day in the depths of mental illness.

She battled the depression for 18 months and tried every possible remedy, including medication, cognitive behaviour therapy, meditation and mass and said nothing worked but the passage of time.

She told Kirsty Young on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island

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